Dangers of Nazi-era xenophobia stalk Europe again
It falls to us to renew the second World War’s central lesson: never again
AfD supporters hold a placard that says “Merkel has blood of her nation on her hands” during a protest rally in Berlin. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images
My late father’s mantra was: “Your generation has been so lucky to grow up in peace.”
As a boy in Berlin in the second World War he extinguished fires of buildings bombed to pieces. He saw corpses, witnessed physical and mental devastation as the Nazis wreaked havoc across Europe and beyond.